COTI - Cisco Optical Technology Intermediate

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The Cisco Optical Technology Intermediate (COTI) training teaches the skills necessary to deploy a Cisco Optical Networking System (ONS) 15454 Multiservice Transport Platform (MSTP) network from installation to protection.

You learn how to perform node turn-up. The course covers three shelf types, the M12, M6, and M2. You learn to deploy linear and ring Dense Wavelength-Division Multiplexing (DWDM) topologies. The course covers multiplexerdemultiplexercards, Erbium-doped fiber amplifier cards, Raman amplifiers, transponder cards, and the newest Cisco Any Rate muxponder and crossponder cards. These cards are used in terminal, amplifier, and reconfigurableoptical add-drop multiplexer (ROADM) node configurations. You configure wavelength selective switch (WSS) linear and single-module ROADM (SMR) rings. This COTI course covers 10-gigabit unprotected circuits and10-gigabit protection using Y-cable, optical channel transport unit-2 (OTU-2), and protection switch module (PSM) cards.


Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Connect to a Cisco ONS 15454 MSTP chassis using Cisco Transport Controller
  • Identify node configurations according to card population
  • Provision DWDM circuits using the Cisco Transport Controller
  • Conduct performance monitoring, alarm verification, and fault isolation
  • Provision M12 WSS in linear and M6 SMR nodes in ring topologies
  • Understand configuration options for the Any Rate muxponder and crossponder
  • Perform Raman amplifier initialization
  • Isolate optical network issues


The following course is a prerequisite for this course:

  • Completion of Cisco Fundamentals of Fiber Optics Technology (FFOT) video training

Cisco recommends that you have the following prerequisite knowledge and skills:

  • Basic knowledge of optical transport and protocols
  • Basic knowledge of data network principles

Who Should Attend

This course is for technical professionals who are responsible for installation, deployment, and maintenance of the Cisco ONS 15454 MSTP network. Network operations, planners, and designers can also benefit.

Targeted roles include:

  • Network operations engineers


  • Module 1: Cisco Transport Controller Operations
  • Module 2: MSTP Topologies
  • Module 3: Shelf and Card Installation
  • Module 4: Fiber jumper installation
  • Module 5: Linear Configurations
  • Module 6: Node Turnup
  • Module 7: Optical Channel Network Connection Circuits
  • Module 8: Transponder and Optical Channel Client Connection Circuits
  • Module 9: Multishelf
  • Module 10: MSTP M6 SMR-Based Rings
  • Module 11: 10-Gigabit Muxponder and Transponder Cards
  • Module 12: 10-Gigabit with Y-Cable Protection
  • Module 13: Alternative 10-Gigabit Protection (PSM and OTU-2)
  • Module 14: Any Rate Muxponder and Crossponder
  • Module 15: Raman Amplifier
  • Module 16: 40- and 100-Gigabit Transponder and Muxponder
  • Module 17: Troubleshooting

Lab Outline

  • Lab 1: System Setup and Login
  • Lab 2: Node Turnup
  • Lab 3: Creating Direct Circuits (OCHNC)
  • Lab 4: Creating Transponder Optical Client Circuits (OCHCC)
  • Lab 5: Configuring an SMR Ring
  • Lab 6: Installing 10-Gbps Transponder Cards with Y-Cable Protection
  • Lab 7 Alternate 10-Gigabit Protection (OTU-2 and PSM)
  • Lab 8: Any Rate Muxponder and Crossponder Options
  • Lab 9: Raman Amplifier
  • Lab 10: MSTP Troubleshooting